Obesity Costs the United States $270 Billion a Year

Friday, January 21, 2011 10:08
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Obesity-related healthcare and loss of productivity at work costs the United States and Canada $300 billion a year, reveals a new study.

The United States accounts for the lion-share of the money at $270 billion. Canada spends $30 billion

According the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2005 1.6 billion adults, ages 15 and older, were overweight and at least 400 million adults were obese, especially in developed countries.

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Big Breakfasts Don’t Help Weight Loss

Friday, January 21, 2011 9:53
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Somewhere down the line you may have heard that the key to weight loss is to; “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”.

But, if you do eat like a king for breakfast, you may be royally ticked at your lack of progress, according to a study in the Nutrition Journal.

Volker Schusdziarra, MD, of the Else-Kr?ner-Fresenius Center of Nutritional Medicine in Munich, conducted a study on 380 normal weight and obese people who were asked to log what they ate.

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Free Giveaway: Healthy Eating Handbook

Thursday, January 20, 2011 17:06
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Before I begin my review, I must come right out and confess that the Healthy Eating Handbook is my own product. I’ll try to be objective, but you’ll understand if I’m a little biased!

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of diets available these days. It can be really disconcerting, in fact. And for some of you, perhaps you just want to eat healthy, no more dieting. But where to begin?

This is exactly why I’ve written the Healthy Eating Handbook — it is for those of you who are simply fed up with fad dieting, and failed weight loss attempts.

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Eating Fish Cuts Stroke Risk

Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:50
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Women consuming more than three servings of fish each week have a lower risk of stroke, claims a new study.

Over a ten-year period, Swedish women eating plenty of fish were 16% less likely to suffer a stroke.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating fish at least two times each week, especially fatty fish – such as salmon and mackerel – which are rich in heart-helping omega-3 fatty acids, and low in harmful saturated fats.

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Exercise Helps Cool Irritable Bowels

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:03
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Staying active and getting regular exercise may offer relief for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

New research reveals moderate to vigorous exercise helped reduce common symptoms of irritable bowels: cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

The causes of IBS vary from person to person, but the Mayo Clinic lists elevated stress levels, hormonal changes, food triggers, and illnesses like gastroenteritis, as potential risk factors for IBS.

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Poll: Is HCG Weight Loss A Scam?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 22:48
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Dr. David Katz, the director of Yale University’s Prevent Research Center thinks so.

He has researched all of the data regarding the recently resurrected HCG diet and found there to be no supporting evidence of it’s success. He describes HCG diet marketers as nothing more than “snake oil” salesmen.

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Dieting While Pregnant May Harm Your Baby

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:05
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A new study, carried out on baboons, suggests that dieting in the first half of pregnancy will damage the development of the baby’s brain.

The researchers found that when pregnant baboons were following a moderately calorie-restricted diet, the brain development of their foetus was affected.

Scientists believe this may have implications for human pregnancy too; dieting while pregnant could lower your child’s IQ.

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7 Ideas to Keep Children Active This Winter

Monday, January 17, 2011 11:23
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The January “blahs” may have hit in your household. With New Years resolutions perhaps long gone, here are 7 ways to prevent your family from going into full-blown hibernation this winter.

  1. Community Centers: Recreation centers are one of the best resources to keep children active during the cold months. Sign your little ones up for a sport or activity they are interested in. Swimming, ice skating and other indoor activities are perfect opportunities to keep fit.

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Link Time: Teen Obesity, Subway Diet, Happy Habits, and More

Monday, January 17, 2011 10:07
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The obesity epidemic is pretty alarming especially when so many of our young people are obese at such an early age.

Personal Trainer, Maggie Ayre, has put together a great program that teaches teen girls about how to beat obesity or stop from becoming obese. If you know of a teen who needs help, Maggie offers a free Fit Girls ebook.

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U.S. Government Set to Improve School Food

Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:15
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To help curb childhood obesity, the United States Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new proposal to bring healthier food, such as more fruits and vegetables, to the nation’s public schools.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years. Rates went from 6.5% to 19.6%, between 1980 and 2008, among kids 6 to 11 years old. And in adolescents, ages 12 to 19, jumped from 5.0% to 18.1%.

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